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Sundance Now is a streaming service that aims to showcase
stories told by unique voices, created in the likeness of the
Sundance Institute (the non-profit that puts on the Sundance Film
- It carries true-crime series, original dramas, thrillers,
foreign and independent films, and more — all streaming free of
commercials. Some of its notable indie darlings include “Monster,”
“Memento,” and “Short Term 12”.
You can join free for seven days. After, it’s $4.99 per month
for an annual membership and $6.99 for a monthly membership.
- You can stream Sundance Now using the Apple App Store, Google
Play, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Xbox One.
all the series available on Sundance Now here, and
all the films available here.
In 2018, 125,000 people congregated in Park City, Utah — a ski
town whose population
wouldn’t top 9,000 in the US Census of the same year — for
the largest independent film festival in the United States:
Put on by the Sundance Institute, the festival functions as both
a showcase and competition of new work from American and
international independent filmmakers. Entries range from dramatic
and documentary features and short films; series and episodic
content; and New Frontier, which the Institute describes as
“emerging media in the form of multimedia installations,
performances, and films.”
But you may be able to skip the flight, crowds, and $300-$4,000
ticket and still get close to the experience.
Sundance Now, founded in 2014, aims to bring Sundance
Festival’s ethos to the home viewer.
It’s a streaming service that carries original and exclusive
dramas, comedies, and true-crime series, in addition to
award-winning movies from every genre, including foreign-language
and documentary features — all streaming commercial-free. Each
selection was chosen for its storytelling, unique voice, and/or
unexpected global perspective.
It can be streamed using the Apple app store, Google Play,
Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Xbox One. Monthly, it’ll cost you between
$5 and $7.
Apart from using the Sundance Festival’s principles as guides,
the service also invites filmmakers who have made an impact at the
create watch-lists of their favorite films as guest curators,
sometimes with brief text introductions. As of March 2019, the
collections include curations from Lisa Gardner, Danny Glover, and
David Lowery, among others.
How to use it:
Create an account for a free seven day trial of Sundance
- Choose between an annual membership ($4.99 per month, billed
once as $59.99), or monthly ($6.99 per month).
- If you’d rather not continue with the service, just make sure
to cancel before the trial ends.
- Start streaming.
To help you navigate, there are the typical streaming service
curations: Must-watch series, new arrivals, Oscar-nominated films,
true crime, indie hits, and a mix of popular genres you can click
on like suspense, comedy, foreign, drama, and documentary.
There’s also a slew of topically curated categories for Women’s
History Month like leading ladies, women in history, and female
There’s also a surprising variety for a service that could, at
first blush, just sound like a library of cerebral foreign films.
While the streaming service offers gritty indie hits like “Monster”
the same user could also find “Bridget
Jones: The Edge of Reason” or “Friends
with Money” with Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, and Frances
McDormand. You can use member reviews to help guide your
selections, and save titles to your “list” for later viewing.
If you’re looking for a way to watch everything from classic to
hard-to-find indie films, and do it on multiple devices — or even
a way to discover new ones worth playing at home — Sundance Now
may be worth looking into. Either way, you can check out the
service for free for a week to see if it has enough to keep you
interested. And, if it’s worth re-upping, it’ll cost you less than
a large coffee at Starbucks.
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